The Carillon Compositions of Alice Gomez
Presenter: Laura Ellis
Alice Gomez (b. 1960) is an internationally acclaimed Latina composer whose output includes works for symphony, ballet, opera, film, and chamber ensemble. Based in San Antonio, Gomez was introduced to the carillon through respected GCNA member George Gregory. Her background as a percussionist has given Gomez a rare insight into the sonic possibilities of the carillon. Her 20+ carillon compositions have rhythmic intensity and offer the listener an engaging tonal palette. This presentation will survey the compositions of Gomez and offer a performer's analysis of her compositional style.
Laura Ellis is Associate School Director and Professor in the School of Music at the University of Florida. A graduate of Luther College (Decorah, IA), she holds the MM degree in church music and the DMA in organ performance from the University of Kansas. While in residence at KU, she studied carillon with Albert Gerken. A carillonneur member of the Guild of Carillonneurs in North America (GCNA), Ellis has performed throughout the United States, the Netherlands, Canada, and Australia. For more details about the carillon program at the University of Florida, please visit www.arts.ufl.edu/carillon.
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